A wedding & big news!

I’ve been holding out on you… we have some big news to share! We’re buying a house!!!

sale pending

We weren’t intending to buy a house.  We moved out of our loft early last fall to save every penny before our baby arrives.  We began apartment hunting late January but couldn’t find anything that fit our needs.  I’m not even sure how it happened, one day we just ended up checking out what we could afford as a mortgage in our price range and were surprised we could potentially make it happen, considering we live in the SF Bay Area is statement enough on how expensive it is to live here.

Our home buying process has been the most stressful thing EVER, which I think I’ll devote entirely to another post.  I have been overwhelmingly consumed with this house hunt, I’m sure you’ve noticed the lack of content on this ol’ blog here.  It’s OK though, I’m going to have so much content with our house as my muse I won’t know what to do with myself :)  I must say, this has been the craziest year ever!  First, we got married, then, we’re expecting a baby boy, and now? We’re buying a house! You’d think we aren’t easily satisfied people lol.

So, what else is new? Well, my little sister got married this past weekend.  I had the pleasure of being her photographer, which was so much fun.  I rented this lens, which is the most amazing lens I’ve ever laid hands on. I’ve been having so much fun photographing humans lately! Seriously though, how darling this young couple ?

wedding photography | brittanyMakes

and a super cute close-up of the hair nuzzling, naturally…

wedding photography | brittanyMakes

I think the last thing I owe you is a belly bump update… I must say I prefer hiding behind the lens in my preggo state, but here you go…

#34weeks

#34weeks and counting!

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That time I photographed people

Wow.  OK Thursday, here you are! This week has been weird, yesterday my dad was in surgery for 17 hours (17 hours!!!).  That’s so long I don’t get it.  Anyway, thank you everyone who posted such great comments on my Instagram yesterday.  Totally heart warming, seriously.

In case you’re curious, my dad was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2010.  You might wonder if he’s a smoker, he’s not.  Never smoked a day in his life.  Sometimes shit just happens for no reason, to people SO undeserving.  Well, back in 2010 he went thru the normal chemo+radiation treatment, cleared it up and was cancer free for almost 3 years.  A couple months ago it came back so we’ve been doing all it takes to get rid of that crap.  I’ll admit, it feels a little strange to bring this stuff up on the blog, so much stuff goes on in peoples lives behind the scenes that we leave out, to keep a blog a pretty and happy place.  Sometimes I feel like I shouldn’t share, but there’s really no reason not to share.  Someone else is always going through something similar, and for some, it helps to relate.  Anyway, for those who have battled cancer, have family members and loved ones battling cancer, I feel you.  It’s a rough ride, and recovery isn’t always as simple as walking into a surgical room with cancer, and walking out cancer free, so with that I feel lucky that my dad has this option.

So anyway, I don’t have a great segue to the topic of this post so I’ll just bring it up all awkward like – this post is about my first time photographing people! I usually photograph standing objects, like chairs or nightstands, and the occasional bulldog.  It was so fun to photograph  my good friends who are expecting a baby in a month.  This is a special time for them, which is a perfect excuse to take some pictures.  I am not a pro, nor do I pretend to be one, but photography is SO interesting and my skills are ever evolving and I really enjoy learning .  Without further adieu, here are a few of the pictures of this gorgeous couple:

maternity photo session | brittanyMakes

maternity photo session | brittanyMakes

 

Congratulations Schon & Alyson! I cannot wait until our sons meet, and to share in all the play dates :)

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a black friday upgrade

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My fiancee was the first person to introduce me to Black Friday.  I guess my parents never had the desire to take me and my 6 other siblings to Best Buy at 4 am to wait in line for hours to score any door busters.  We were a handful, I don’t blame them, but I seriously can’t believe that I was 24 when I experienced my first Black Friday.

I’ve been yearning and pining to upgrade my camera for, what feels like, forever, but just didn’t feel comfortable paying full price.  Well, duh, black friday was just around the corner, so I begged my fiancee to let me buy it (thanks babe!) as long as I had a plan to recoup the costs (and not eat away at our wedding fund!).

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photography + food, and a bakery

Emi's biscotteria

Hello! I wanted to share with you an exciting side project I’ve been working on.  My soon-to-be sister-in-law is in the process of opening up her first store, and I’m helping her with the interior design!  She envisioned a rustic Italian cafe – mis-matched woods against white walls, a stark contrast of chalkboards and gilded frames… totally up my ally.  She knew I could help execute her vision.

While we’ve worked a lot on the interior, it’s not yet complete.  I will definitely share with you the grand reveal once the store is ready.  In the mean time, I wanted to share with you a yummy photography session I had with Emi’s cookies!

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